Jazz Studies

Jazz Studies

The jazz studies area is committed to the highest level of performance, mentoring, education and community outreach. Nationally and internationally renowned faculty members are drawn from the highest ranks of the jazz community, and all have experience playing with top recording and performing artists in the jazz music industry.



Uncommon Pursuits.

Jazz studies graduates have gone on to careers as recording artists and jazz musicians, performing with several well-known soloists and groups including Sean Kingston, Ne-Yo and Carlos McKinney, as well as the Spinners, Count Basie Orchestra, Cyrus Chestnut Quintet and Mulgrew Miller Trio. Recent graduates have been recognized with "DownBeat" magazine’s outstanding college soloist award, Elmhurst Jazz Festival’s outstanding musician award and first prize in the Aspen Jazz Competition.

Alumni work at:

  • Lincoln Center
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Broadway and off-Broadway productions
  • Entertainment companies
  • Jazz music venues
  • Schools and universities

Alumni work as:

  • Performing musicians
  • Composers
  • Educators and instructors
  • Conductors
  • Songwriters

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